ESG Strategic Planner - Apprentice

About

Our mission : easing farmers’ transition to regenerative agriculture

Rize is a tech start-up developing climate finance to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and low carbon agriculture.

Today agriculture amounts to up to 25% of global greenhouse gases emissions, while the large-scale adoption of climate friendly practices could turn agricultural soils into one of the largest carbon sinks in the world by withdrawing carbon from the atmosphere.

In this global effort to solve climate change, Rize has pledged to ease the journey of farmers into regenerative agriculture. Rize is simplifying farmers' access to science and to carbon finance for their climate action.

That is how Rize has developed the first platform worldwide for carbon credits and has already developed a significant network of partners in France (such as farming cooperatives).

The journey to develop carbon finance for agriculture will be filled with plenty of exciting challenges:

  • develop new schemes of carbon finance to ensure that the transition brings more value to the farmers;
  • launch plenty of innovative services to create more value for the ecosystem;
  • going international soon;
  • improve our carbon monitoring infrastructure to keep up with the best of science.

Rize was founded in September 2020 by a team of engineers, and has since grown to a team of 20 people. Now, as the project has gained traction and raised funds, we are gathering the dream team to join us in this adventure.

Do you want to be at the heart of a high-impact and meaningful project that will shape the future of agriculture, by working with the best technologies within a high-potential start-up?

Job Description

What you’ll be doing

We are looking for a motivated and talented strategic planning Apprentisceship who will support the development of Rize strategy and strengthen our environmental and social positive impacts.

You will take part in the deployment of our sustainability policy and the management of environmental and social impacts related to our activities in agricultural and food ecosystems, via:

  • The implementation of required methodologies to draft Rize sustainability policy
  • The development of an ESMS (Environmental and Social Management System) and monitoring programme to manage Environmental and Social impacts and risks
  • The development of new strategic partnerships in the agro-food industry to create new positive impacts

The main responsibilities attached to the role are:

I) ESG and sustainability policy :

  • Identifying methodologies compliant with international standards to support the drafting of Rize sustainability policy
  • Engaging with relevant stakeholders and identifying challenges and impacts
  • Building a roadmap to effectively improve our E&S impact (including: climate and biodiversity impact, gender equality and social inclusion…)
  • Drafting Rize sustainability policy and actions plans

II) Environmental and Social Management System:

  • Identifying ESMS principles and standards (IFC PS1)
  • Providing guidance and recommendations towards Rize ESMS implementation
  • Supporting the development of a documented ESMS covering all the activities and operations of Rize
  • Supporting the development of a country-specific assessment tool and risk-report framework
  • Developing an E&S Monitoring Programme covering environmental and social engagements and defining measurable KPIs
  • Designing monitoring tools for quarterly and yearly E&S reporting

III) New strategic partnerships:

  • Mapping current commitments and practices of agro-industry players
  • Identifying and establishing connections with relevant stakeholders
  • Supporting the structuration of pilot projects
  • Supporting the development of Rize positioning and definition of our marketing mix

You will work with Audrey, Innovation Manager, who currently leads Rize impact undertakings and is responsible for the development of innovation and strategic partnerships.

As Rize is a start-up, you will naturally have plenty of opportunities to work on activities outside of the direct scope of your role.

Place of work

Although Rize is based in Paris (our offices are in the Deeptech incubator Agoranov, close to Montparnasse), we enjoy the comfort of working remotely from home while getting occasions to have meaningful in-person interactions with the team.
We are currently in flex office mode, so we enjoy the best of both worlds, the flexibility that comes with working from home and great team moments when we all meet together in the office (usually 2 to 3 days each week).

4 great reasons to work with us!

  1. You will work in a fast pace environment at the heart of the French tech start-up ecosystem (Rize has joined some of the very best incubators in France and beyond), for an exciting experience and a strong learning curve
  2. You will wake up every morning knowing that your work matters
  3. You will join a relaxed and growing team, with a true “start-up” spirit: you are not just an employee, but an integral part of the team. Your role, if you accept it, is to use your creativity and your unique skills to shape this collective project
  4. We are remote friendly but also love sharing a coffee from time to time

Preferred Experience

Your skills

We are looking for the following experience:

  • Education in business management, environmental engineering, or political sciences. A major in Environment and Risks is desirable
  • Experience in CSR activities or agro-business is desirable
  • Experience in agriculture and/or in a start-up is considered as a plus
  • French and English full business proficiency (more languages are welcome).

We are also looking for someone who displays the following abilities:

  • Team player
  • Self-starter, organised and proactive
  • Positive and resilient
  • Conversational skills and active listening
  • Fast learner and ability to build a strong knowledge of a complex service

Hiring values

We would love to work with people who share our core values:

  • Interest in the impact sector and in climate change;
  • Interest in start-ups and their ecosystem;
  • Digital native, remote friendly;
  • Casual, open-minded and friendly;
  • Intellectual integrity, as we aim for real impact.

Recruitment Process

If you think the job is for you, don’t wait and send us your CV and a short cover letter outlining your skills and interests at hiring@rizeag.com.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Apprenticeship
  • Location: Paris, France (75006)
  • Possible partial remote